Medical Daily – A recent study conducted by researchers from Geisel found that movie characters that smoke, both “good guys” and “bad guys,” influence teen smoking.
In the News
Health Affairs – Op-ed collaboration by Jonathan Skinner, Elliot Fisher, and James Weinstein. Skinner is the James Freedman Presidential Professor of Economics, Fisher is the director of The Dartmouth Institute, and Weinstein is the CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
WPTZ NBC 5 – Article discusses collaboration by researchers at Geisel and the University of Washington School of Public Health on a study, which found that much fewer workers who consult a chiropractor end up receiving surgery compared to those who visit a surgeon first.
CBC News – Study authors noted that narcotic painkillers are not a good long-term solution for topics workplace injuries. “The effectiveness is at best uncertain, and the risks are very real,” says Associate Professor of TDI Ellen Meara.
VPR – Associate Professor of Medicine Tim Lahey is interviewed discussing the recent Ebola virus outbreak. “There’s almost no chance that even nurses and doctors in the United States could get this. And the reason for that is that among the roughly 2,000 people that have Ebola virus disease, very, very few of them can get on a plane and come to one of the developing world countries,” he says.
New Times – Agnes Bingwahoo, the Health Minister for Rwanda and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Geisel, “becomes the first PhD honour to be awarded to a Rwandan national at the University of Rwanda.”
Bay News 9 – According to a new study by The Dartmouth Institute, which examined over 9 million prescription records of people receiving benefits because they’re too disabled to work, “Roughly 4 million Americans too disabled to work are prescribed heavy-duty painkillers, such as OxyContin, Vicodin, codeine and morphine”. “Almost half — over 40 percent — filled a prescription for opiates in a year, and one in five was filling six or more prescriptions per year,” says Associate Professor of TDI Ellen Meara.
Boston Globe – Assistant Professor at Geisel Kendal Hoyt is interviewed on the rising costs of producing vaccines. According to Hoyt, “The time and cost of creating vaccines has steadily increased over the past 40 years, from an average of $199 million and six years to make it to market in the 1970s, to $1.5 billion and more than 13 years today.”
Detroit Free Press – Features a new Dartmouth study that examined the painkillers prescribed to Americans who are too disabled to work. “Almost half – over 40% – filled a prescription for opiates in a year and one in five was filling six or more prescriptions per year,” says Ellen Meara, an associate professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
Great Falls Tribune – Paul Holtzheimer, an associate professor of psychiatry and surgery, is quoted in this story about the recent rise in phone calls to crisis hotlines. “There’s always a concern about ‘copycat’ suicides when a death by suicide is reported in the media,” he says.